Malaysia’s RTM to show 41 of 64 World Cup matches for free

Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has announced on Wednesday (30 May) that there will be 41 FIFA World Cup matches that will be aired for free on RTM for football fans to enjoy.

He stated that out of 64 matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the national broadcaster will show 41 matches, out of which 27 will be live and 14 delayed. The matches will be held from 14 June till 15 July.

Speaking after his Ministry’s post-Cabinet press conference, Mr Singh said, “From the Cabinet meeting this morning, the Government has agreed to broadcast for free the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament on RTM. We know that this is where the world famous players will be in action.

“For me and the Ministry, this is an important international event so we think it is important that it should be broadcast by RTM as it is a government agency,” he added, saying that he had presented a working paper to the Cabinet and has allocated RM40 million as a ceiling cost.

“But the actual cost and so forth will be revealed tomorrow (Thursday) by the Finance Ministry. I expect it to be less as there will be negotiations and sponsors. We believe many will take part and so we hope by this way, it can reduce the overall cost,” the minister ended.

As for Singapore, the World Cup matches will be screened by Singtel, StarHub and Mediacorp at the à la carte price of S$94.16 until 22 May and S$112.35 thereafter, unchanged from FIFA World Cup™ rates four years ago.

Packages for all 64 matches will be made available on Singtel TV, Singtel TV GO, CAST, StarHub TV, StarHub Go, Mediacorp’s Toggle.

Singaporeans will be watching nine key matches on free-to-air television this time, five more than in previous years.

For those who are intending to tune to RTM for free viewing of the World Cup Matches, please read this discussion on Quora